Brandon Flowers Writes Track-By-Track To The Killers’ Greatest Hits Album

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Exciting news for fans of The Killers! The Nevada rockers will release their first Greatest Hits compilation – titled ‘Direct Hits’ – on November 11. The 18-song compilation features two brand new songs – ‘Just Another Girl’, which sees the band reunite with longtime collaborator Stuart Price, and ‘Shot At The Night’, produced by M83’s Anthony Gonzalez. Legendary Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has penned us an exclusive, revealing track-by-track for the record delving into memories of the past:

Mr Brightside
“I remember being in the studio, recording the demo but still writing the lyrics. I was procrastinating, and that’s why the second verse is the same as the first one, but it just stuck. What strikes me about it is how powerful that song still is, and the second verse is still as powerful as the first one, every night. There’s just something about it. It’s a moment.”Somebody Told Me

“This song really brought out the band’s strengths at that time. I was 20, 21, and just trying to write about what I was doing and seeing in these indie nightclubs in Vegas. I was listening to Pulp and David Bowie, trying to channel all of that stuff. It’s one of Mark’s greatest moments on the bass, too. It’s a really great collaboration.”
Smile Like You Mean It

“It’s more melancholy, but it really translated to a lot of people. It was very personal to me, and that’s one of the things that’s amazing about music – we all bring our own meaning to songs. It was quite a sophisticated song for where we were at that time, I think.”

All These Things That I’ve Done

“When that one was cooking I was really into U2’s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’. I thought that was an amazing comeback for them, and I was blown away by how many great songs were on that record. There’s an earnestness, spirit soul to U2, and I was trying to channel that. I wanted a song that stood up to those songs. We also took the bassline from a David Bowie song called ‘Slow Burn’, from ‘Heathen’, although enough time has probably passed now that I think he probably won’t sue us!”

When You Were Young
“We’ve been guilty of having a lot of chords in our songs, and there’s not anything necessarily wrong with that, but there’s something great about simplicity. ‘When You Were Young’ is just one progression which repeats, with a couple of small variations, but it was instantly powerful and once I heard it, I came up with the melody and the title within 20 minutes. It was one of those exciting moments that you read about, and I’ve been lucky enough to be part of it a few times. This was definitely one of them. Live, it took a huge load off my shoulders too – there was a lot of pressure on us when ‘Hot Fuss’ did so well, and that song was just a total relief! I knew that song had something about it, and I’m thankful for it every night. It kept the fire in us, it kept the ball rolling.

Read My Mind
I love ‘Read My Mind’. Every producer is different, but they’re all leaders. That’s why we enlisted Flood and Alan Moulder for ‘Sam’s Town’ – they were two guys who had a huge amount of experience and had worked on a lot of records that we loved, and this was where their experience and leadership came into play the most. We had a different song called ‘Little Angela’, but it just wasn’t ‘Read My Mind’. My melody was a little too much like ‘Mrs. Robinson’, the lyrics weren’t great, and Alan had the balls and the courage to tell me – he said ‘Let’s keep this template, and write a different song over it.’ So the song was born out of us jamming that old song, and it grew from there. When we play it live, you can tell it means a lot to people, and that’s definitely one of the songs that attracts people to the band.”

For Reasons Unknown
“We wrote it on the road, while we were touring with Louis XIV. It was written really quickly, and it’s got a real urgency about it because of that. We recorded it live, and I’m playing bass on it – that’s the only song on any Killers record where I play bass.”

The Killers rush from Wembley sold out gig to play tiny London club show – Listen to new song!

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The Killers @ Wembley 2013 .

The Killers rushed from their triumphant Wembley Stadium debut gig to play a tiny club show at The Garage club in Islington, London last night (June 22).

The Garage show, announced at 8pm via Twitter, saw the band play 40 minutes of rarities and hits to a packed crowd of 800, having raced across town from playing to 70,000 fans at Wembley, where they played a brand new track, ‘Wembley Song’, written specially for the show.

The Wembley gig began with ‘Enterlude’, with frontman Brandon Flowers solo at the piano, then – as at the Isle Of Wight festival last weekend where they opened with ‘Mr Brightside’ – the band launched into one of their major hits, this time ‘When You Were Young’. It kicked off a celebratory set full of fireworks and glitter cannons that included covers of Joy Division’s ‘Shadowplay’ and ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, made famous by Girls Aloud and Tiffany but originally by Ritchie Cordell – “tonight we’re stealing it back,” Brandon said.

The aforementioned ‘Wembley Song’ traced The Killers’ career “from Dave’s apartment to Wembley”, comically noting that early singles left us confused to find that the band were from Vegas “when you were sure it must be Sheffield or Camden”. The song also listed bands that had played at Wembley previously, including Green Day, with Brandon admitting, “I said some shit, but that was the old me”. You can watch fan-shot footage of the band playing the song below.

The Killers played:

‘Enterlude’
‘When You Were Young’
‘Spaceman’
‘The Way It Was’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘This River Is Wild’
‘Bling (Confessions of a King)’
‘Shadowplay ‘
‘Miss Atomic Bomb’
‘Human’
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘I Think We’re Alone Now’
‘Here With Me’
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘From Here On Out’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Wembley Song’
‘Read My Mind’
‘Runaways’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
‘Flesh And Bone’
‘Jenny Was a Friend of Mine’
‘Battle Born’
‘Mr Brightside’

The Killers then rushed to The Garage club in Islington where they took the stage at 1.40am to play a 40-minute set which included a smattering of rarely-played songs before rolling out the hits.

The Killers played:

‘Change Your Mind’
‘Under The Gun’
‘Tranquilize’
‘Read My Mind’
‘Losing Touch’
‘I Think We’re Alone Now’
‘Runaways’
‘When You Were Young’
‘Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll’
‘Mr Brightside’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’